3 Mississippi Students Give Out #FreeHugs to Spread Message of Love

1BlessedNatural: 3 Mississippi Students Give Out #FreeHugs to Spread Message of Love

Madison, Mississippi - Yesterday, three Black students from Jackson, Mississippi decided to spread the message of love and unity by offering free hugs outside of Walmart in Madison. They included 25-year-old college student Jessica Bracey, 24-year-old grad school student India Tate, and 15-year-old high school student Brandon Bracey. The students up with messages like, "Free Hugs" and "If Your [sic] Not Afraid....May I Have A Hug?" The signs also contained hashtags like "#MSUNITY","#NO2RACISM", "#BlackLivesMatter", "#StoptheViolence", "#AllLivesMatter", and "#Praying4Dallas." The hugging trio received many embraces and smiles from passersby who agreed that an event such as this one was much needed. 

When asked what made them want to perform the act of kindness, the students said they wanted to spread some love after the latest horrific events in the news. Those events included the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota and police shootings in Dallas, Texas this past week at a peaceful #BlackLivesMatter protest. Tate said, "We just want to be the change we want to see in the world." The students planned to give out free hugs in front of other stores later that day.

1BlessedNatural: India Tate hugging a passeby

1BlessedNatural: Jessica Bracey holding up her sign for free hugs

1BlessedNatural: India Tate and Brandon Bracey

1BlessedNatural: India Tate, Brandon Bracey, and Jessica Bracey

What do you think of the students' act of kindness?